On the 14th and 15th of July a beach tennis tournament was held for the second time in Warnemünde/Germany. For the first time it was played as an IFBT world ranking tournament. While it was still stormy on Saturday the ladies and gentlemen’s doubles played below the lighthouse. The numerous participants could enjoy on Sunday Mixed Doubles near the Sport and Beach Arena in perfect weather.
For the third time in history, the official team of Catalonia has managed to beat the final the ever-powerful Italian team. The final began with the female doubles match, which was won by the Catalans. In the following match of men’s doubles the Italian couple forced a tie. The mixed match was very close and finally fell down to the Catalan side by a tight result of 9/7. It is important to mention the third position of the Polish and Luxembourg teams.
Thomas Oberwalder is our new IFBT delegate for Germany. He has experience in sports as Managing Director of a pro sports media from 1991 to 2007, in car racing, american football, soccer, and ice hockey. He has worked for the media commission of the German Tennis Federation. In sports of beach tennis, he is the organizer of the IFBT tournaments in Warnemünde. He is also working with the local University to develop beach tennis.